The Every: A Novel by: Dave Eggers
Narrated by: Dion Graham
The book sounded intriguing. It’s actually the second of two novels, but it stands on its own. I did not read the other book, though I probably will read it now. This one, all by itself, is a pretty intense book.
Imagine that Amazon isn’t just Amazon the way it it now. Imagine it is Amazon grafted to Google with a voice via Twitter. They buy businesses or crush them. They are incredibly rich, pay no taxes — nor do any of the other huge companies in this literary universe. They also offer amazing benefits and salaries to those who work there. In fact, the offers they make are so good, hardly anyone can reject them. They are, after all, the EVERY.
There is a small issue, though. When you become part of the EVERY, it’s a bit like being fed into a slow but steady meat grinder in which your will, your beliefs, your hopes, and whatever future you saw for yourself are ground into nothing. You do whatever they want you to do. You become someone else. You can feel that’s what’s happening, but you can’t stop it. They are a runaway train and you are a mere piece of track. What the EVERY wants, it gets. What do they what? That’s a big question. They effectively already have world domination, so what else do they want?
The book is ironic and to some degree, satirical. It’s “Brave New World” crossed with “1984” with hints of “Lord of the Flies.” It is, – in many ways, a bit too close to reality on too many levels to be a comfortable read. That being said, I couldn’t stop reading. The Every made me laugh, though not in a really “ha ha” kind of way. It’s less funny than worrisome. In another 25 years, assuming the world lasts that long, is this how we’ll live? Some of us may already be on the edge of living like that.
The book is available for listening via Audible.com, for regular reading on Kindle and is available in both soft and hardcovers.
It’s fascinating and disturbing. I haven’t described any of the characters or the precise plot because the characters are interesting, but the “universe” is the real star of the novel.
The Every makes you think. You find yourself looking at your life choices and wondering if you’d made slightly different ones, what would your life look like today? There aren’t many books that make you think, so you might want to read it. I can’t guarantee you will like it, but I can promise it will hold your attention, start to finish.
Categories: #Books, Book Review, Conscience and morality, Sci Fi - Fantasy - Time Travel
While reading your post, the little inner voice in my head said repeatedly: You do NOT want to read this, you do not want to know this, you don’t want to be like this….. therefore, as interesting and fascinating as it sounds (and it does!), I wouldn’t want to burden my already spinning brain with this kind of reading.
Thank you for this interesting review all the same. It just wouldn’t be my choice of reading (all the more as I have at least 30 books on my wishlist plus another 12+ to read – as I purchase always about 7-10 books at one time)
I like this author’s writing and this sounded interesting. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, either. I did and I was surprised because I rarely like dystopian novels. I bought another of his books and I didn’t like it (I’m returning it). Sometimes, if I like an author, I give books a try. Fortunately, Audible lets me return them if I hate them. Otherwise, I’d be a lot less eager to try a new one.
Hi Marilyn, this sounds right up my street. I purchased The Circle and The Every.
I’m getting The Circle next. Eggers is a very good writer. I don’t like all of his subject matter, but this was definitely up MY alley, too 😀 It was also nice to find a different author. Eggers is quite prolific, so even though I find some of his work a bit too dark for my taste, he writes in a bunch of different genres — including non-fiction — so there’s enough variety. A lot of the writers I was following don’t write much anymore.
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That is great to know. I will start The Circle soon.
I just bought The Circle, so after I finish the book I’m listening to now, that will be the next one up.
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